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UN mission in Donbas blocked as Russia still present at Security Council

According to Ukraine’s Representative in the UN, the issue should be decided in Normandy or Minsk formats first
18:40, 3 January 2019

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The deployment of the UN peacekeepers in Donbas will not be considered at the UN Security Council until the decision in Normandy or Minsk formats is ready. Ukrinform news agency reported that, citing Ukraine’s Representative to UN Volodymyr Yelchenko.

“We need the decision of the UN Security Council to begin a real UN peacekeeping mission. But for this to happen, this issue should be indicated in Normandy or Minsk formats,” he said.

Related: Poroshenko invites Turkish peacekeepers to make peace in Donbas

Yelchenko thinks that all formats of the settlement of the Donbas Conflict, including track “Volker-Surkov” have stalled due to the expectation of Russia of the election of the pro-Russian president of Ukraine.

Related: Ukraine, another three countries to submit resolution on peacekeepers in Donbas to UN

Earlier, U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker claimed that the draft resolution of Russia, which provides for the deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas only along the line of conflict, is unacceptable for the United States and the United Nations, since it will not guarantee security, but will only deepen the conflict.

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Wolf Angel

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3 January 2019, 23:08edited
Under the rules of the UN Charter Russia needs to abstain in votes it is a party to in conflict. So does Ukraine. So the SC permanent member veto of Russia should not be considered by the SC for matters in the Donbas of Ukraine. Article 103 In the event of a conflict between the obligations of the Members of the United Nations under the present Charter and their obligations under any other international agreement, their obligations under the present Charter shall prevail. Article 27 [...] Decisions of the Security Council on all other matters shall be made by an affirmative vote of nine members including the concurring votes of the permanent members; provided that, in decisions under Chapter VI, and under paragraph 3 of Article 52, a party to a dispute shall abstain from voting. == Of course Russia under the UN Charter was prohibited from occupation of Crimea, still internationally recognized as Ukraine, and from waging war on Ukraine in the Donbas ...
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